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papaya

[puh-pah-yuh] /pəˈpɑ yə/
noun
1.
the large, yellow, melonlike fruit of a tropical American shrub or small tree, Carica papaya, eaten raw or cooked.
2.
the tree itself.
Also called pawpaw.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < Spanish < Carib (Hispaniola)
Related forms
papayan, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for papayan

papaya

/pəˈpaɪə/
noun
1.
a Caribbean evergreen tree, Carica papaya, with a crown of large dissected leaves and large green hanging fruit: family Caricaceae
2.
the fruit of this tree, having a yellow or reddish orange sweet edible pulp and small black seeds
Also called papaw, pawpaw
Derived Forms
papayan, adjective
Word Origin
C15 papaye, from Spanish papaya, from an American Indian language; compare Carib ababai
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Word Origin and History for papayan

papaya

n.

1590s for fruit, 1610s for tree, from Spanish, probably from Arawakan (West Indies) papaya.

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